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Fraud Alert
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
E-mail Scam Alert: Association Phishing Scam »
Published:  January 24, 2017 It has come to the attention of the CLTA that individuals have attempted to target o...
Monday, March 14, 2016
CLTA Fraud Alert! »
  Published:  March 14, 2016 It has come to the attention of the CLTA that the incidence of URL spoofi...

News Express
Friday, September 15, 2017
News Express: State Assembly Passes Housing Bills Package, Including Recording Fee Surcharge »
Bulletin 17/18-29 September 15, 2017 The California State Assembly passed the core components of a legislative pack...
Friday, August 25, 2017
News Express: PACE Financing Faces Comprehensive Regulation »
Bulletin 2017/18 - 23 August 25, 2017 Legislation supported by Governor Brown surfaced today that would enact a new...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
News Express: FinCEN Extends Their GTO Reporting Requirements Again and Adds the County of Honolulu »
Bulletin 17/18-21 August 22, 2017 The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) recently announced Geographic...
Friday, July 7, 2017
California Supreme Court Upholds Broad Application of Documentary Transfer Tax »
On June 29th, the California Supreme Court decided 6-1 that a change of ownership under Proposition 13 justifies charging...
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Recording Fee Legislation Passes Senate on Party-Line Vote; Measure Now Moves to State Assembly »
Senate Bill 2 (Atkins), which would fund affordable housing through a substantial increase in recording fees, passed out...

Monday, September 18, 2017
CLTA Welcomes a New Member Title Insurance Company - American Guaranty Title Insurance Company »
The CLTA is pleased to welcome a new title insurance company as a Regular member of the association, as approved by the CL...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Jeff Kerns Elected CLTA President »
Newly installed CLTA President Jeff Kerns started his title career at family-owned Yosemite Title in 1977 while he was sti...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Settlement Committee Approved by Board »
The CLTA Board approved a new standing committee, the Settlement Committee.  By establishing the committee, the Board...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Supports Review by California Supreme Court »
The CLTA filed a request with the California Supreme Court asking the court to accept a case for review relating to lien p...
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
CLTA Elects New Officers »
The CLTA Board of Governors and membership at large elected the following officers to serve from July 1, 2017 through June...

Sacramento Report
Monday, September 18, 2017
PACE Financing Faces Comprehensive Regulation »
Legislation supported by Governor Brown will enact new PACE financing regulatory provisions under the California Finance L...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Legislation to Expand Governor Subpoenas Falls Short of Passage »
A business coalition led by the Civil Justice Association of California and including the CLTA was successful in block...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Bill Prohibiting Sale of Federal Lands Sent to Governor »
Senate Bill 50 (Allen) was sent to the Governor in the legislative session's waning days. As mentioned in a prior enew...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Transfer on Death Deed Called into Question »
California enacted legislation in 2015 to permit a revocable transfer on death deed (RTODD) with a “sunset” provision, whi...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
July Deadline Leaves 200 Bills Adrift as Legislature Adjourns for August Recess »
A pair of legislative deadlines came and went in July, requiring bills to pass out of their policy committees by July 14th...

Industry News
Monday, September 18, 2017
FinCEN Expands GTOs to Wire Transfers »
On August 22nd the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced the issuance of revised Geographic Targeting...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Home Style Question for September »
Q.     Small, cozy homes from a storybook.  Charming leaded windows and decorative walkways.  Thinks l...
Monday, September 18, 2017
eRecordings Move Forward »
The Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) recently reported that there are now 1,700 recording jurisdictions electr...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Reverse Mortgage Rules Change »
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced new rules for government-backed reverse mortgages that...
Monday, September 18, 2017
California Leads in Speed of Loan Closings »
California home loan closings for millennial borrowers averaged 37 days in July according to the Ellie Mae Millennial Trac...

Court Cases
Monday, September 18, 2017
Supreme Court Denies Hearing on Subordination of Recorded Deed of Trust to Later Money Judgment »
The California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case of Nautilus, Inc. v. Urban Financial Group, Inc. ,...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Title Insurance »
Hovannisian v. First American Title Insurance Company Cal.App. 5th Dist. (F072789) 7/25/17 (Cert. for Pub. 8/11/17...
Monday, September 18, 2017
Leases / Foreclosure »
BRE DDR BR Whittword CA v. Farmers & Merchants Bank of Long Beach Cal.App. 2nd Dist. (B272168) 8/29/17 Af...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Voidable Conveyance »
PGA West Residential Association v. Hulven International Cal.App. 4th Dist., Div. 2 (E064270)  8/9/17 Pla...
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Dedication »
Surfrider Foundation v. Martins Beach 1, LLC Cal.App. 1st Dist. (A144268) 8/9/17 The court affirmed the trial...

President's Message
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Message from CLTA President - Jeff Kerns »
I am very honored and proud to accept the appointment of President of the CLTA. I wish to thank Steve Tjaden for his outs...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Letter from CLTA's President, Steve Tjaden »
I am extremely honored and proud to accept this year’s appointment as President of the CLTA. I would like to thank E...

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